CARE08057 2016 Welfare and Protection in Social Care

General Details

Full Title
Welfare and Protection in Social Care
Transcript Title
Welfare and Protection.
80 %
Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Susan Flynn, Brenda Feeney, Deirdre Scott
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_SoCaSOCI_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

´╗┐This module addresses the need for practitioners, working with children, young people and service users considered vulnerale, to provide an environment where the welfare of the service user is paramount.   Working with case studies suitated in services catering for people with disability, older people and children, a student will prepare appropriate referral forms and  reports for  a multi agency information sharing meeting.   Major abuse enquirire will be examined to demonstrate the need for knowledge of and adherence to the legal requirements pertaining to the protection of service users in the social care field.  The labelling of groups as vulnerable will be addressed along with terms such as self determination, mental capacity, consent and guardianship within Ireland and at international level. 

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

• Domain1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

• Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

• Domain 3: Safety & Quality

• Domain 4: Professional Development

• Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Recognise, evaluate and report  abuse concerns as laid out in Children First, National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011 and Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse. 2014 (Domain 1.1;1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 1.5; 1.6; 1.8; 1.9; 1.10; 1.12; 1.13; 1.15; 1.17;1.19; 1.21; 1.23; 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5; 2.6; 2.9; 2.12; 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3.7; 3.10; 3.15; 5.3; 5. 8; 5.9)


Assess the contribution of historical abuse enquiries to current welfare and protection polices and practice (Domain, 1.9; 1.14; 5.14)


Outline the roles and procedures associated with multi-agency conferences called to facilitate sharing of information where there are concerns relating to the welfare of children and vulnerable people (Domain 1.1; 1.5; 1.6; 1.10; 1.12; 1.17; 1.19; 1.21; 2.1; 2.2; 2.6; 2.9; 2.13; 2.14; 2.15;  3.15, 5.15)


Define groups considered vulnerable and explain the disgnostic  and legal process involved (Domain, 1.3; 1.4; 1.6; 1.8; 1.12; 1.13; 1.16; 1.23; 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5; 2.11; 2.12; 3.1; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3.7; 3;10; 3.15; 5.3; 5.8; 5.9; 5.13)


Summarise the legislative requirements relating to the care and protection of children, young people and those categorised as vulnerable (Domain: 1.1; 1.5; 1.6; 1.7; 1.9; 1.12; 1.13; 3.7)


Reflectively evaluate their own learning and skills acquisition, identifying stragegies for future developments (Domain: 1.7; 1.22; 1.23; 2.11; 4.1; 4.4; 5.9; 5.19)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture and Tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies

Using a case study students will work through a number of steps for assessment purposed:

Identify and name child/ vulnerable adult  welfare and protection concerns. Describe the necessary steps after identification  of such concerns.

Role play, which will be assessed, students will inform a parent/guardian of the welfare/protection concerns and steps they are required to take at this point.

Complete a Report for submission to a Case Conference, along with the required referral form.

Write a reflective account examining their attitudes and discussing their learning throuighout the module.

This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:


Role Play (Domain 1.1; 1.2, 1.3; 1.4; 1.5; 1.6; 1.8; 1.9; 1.12; 1.15; 1.17; 1.19; 1.21; 1.23; 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.9; 2.12; 2.14; 3.1; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3.7; 3.10; 3.15; 5.3; 5.8; 5.9; 5.13; 5.15;


Report  (Domain, 1.2; 1.3; 1.5; 1.6; 1.8; 1.10; 1.12; 1.21; 2.1; 2.4; 2.6; 2.13; 2.15; 3.1; 3.2; 3.4; 3.6; 3.10; 5.3; 5.15;  


Reflective Assignment: (Domain:1.1; 1.2; 1.5; 1.7; 1.8; 1.9; 1.10; 1.12; 1.13; 1.14; 1.15; 1.16; 1.17; 1.19; 1.21;1.22; 1.23; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5; 2.11; 2.12; 2.13; 2.14; 2.15; 3.7; 3.10; 3.15; 4.1; 4.4; 5.3; 5.9; 5.14; 5.15; 5.19)

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus


In this module the definition of vulnerable people is taken from the HSE Safeguarding Policy 2014. Vulnerable people referred to are people with intellectual disability and older persons and this concept will be discussed in terms of societal expectations, labelling and restriction of choice.

Children First 2011 is used for studying Child Protectiion procedures.

Working and supporting children, parents, vulnerable adults and  staff where thare are welfare and  protection concerns.

Studying reports relating to abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults to gain an understanding of the need for knowledge of, and adherence to, policies and procedures in order to safeguard people.

Examining case studies to identify if abuse is occurring and making a decision when to refer to Health Service Executive/Tusla/Gardai.

Completing the appropriate referral forms when abuse is suspected abuse along with reports for multi-agency conferences.

Knowledge of Trust in Care, Protected Disclosue Act and Confidential Receipient will form part of the safeguarding process.

Through tutorial discussions developing the appropriate language around suspected abuse and the requirements to create a safe environment.

Reflecting on their attitudes towards the child, parents and the abuser as they progress through the semester.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Role play Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 40 % Week 11 1,3,5
2 Identification of Abuse with reference to theory. Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 11 2,4
3 Reflective Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 12 6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014 Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse. HSE

National Policy and Procedures

Recommended Reading
2012 National Standards for the Protection and Welfare of Children HIQA


Recommended Reading
2013 What works in Family Support Child and Family Agency

Recommended Reading
2012 Children's Rights and Child Protection Manchester University Press

Recommended Reading
2011 Child Protection Practice Palgrave Macmillan

Recommended Reading
2012 The Munroe Review of Child Protection Gov Pub

Recommended Reading
2014 Living with Adversity: A qualitative study of families with multiple and complex needs. Barnardos NI.

Recommended Reading
2013 The Promise of Peer Mentors in TANF. Lessons from Child Welfare Berkley USA

Recommended Reading
2012 Vulunteers in Child Protection. An assessment of its impact and effectiveness Anglia Ruskin University

Recommended Reading
2013 Intimacy and Sexual Relationships -Guidance for Designatged Centres HIQA

Recommended Reading
2005 Trust in Care HSE

Recommended Reading
2014 Protected Disclosure Act Gov Pub

Recommended Reading
2009 Friendship and Taboos - Research on Sexual Health Promotion for People with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities in the 16-25 age range HSE

Recommended Reading
2013 Action on Neglect University of Sterling

Resource Pack

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Abuse of People with Disabilities - A briefing paper by the National Disability Authority 2010.

Children First. National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011. Government Publicaitons Office.

Practice Handbook for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011. HSE.

Burns. K., Lynch. D., (2008) Child Protection and Welfare Social Work . Farmer. Dublin

Child Care Act 1991

Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

Climbe. The Victoria Climbie inquiry report 2003.

Elder Abuse and Legislation in Ireland. (2009) National Centre for the Protection of Older People.

The Ferns Report 2005.

Kelly Fitzgerald Case 1995.

Kilkenny Incest Report 1993.

Hobaret. C., Frankel. J., Walker.M., (2009) Good Practice in Safeguarding Children. 3rd ed. Nelson Thornes . Cheltenham.

Monageer Inquiry (2009) Dept. of Health and Children. Government publications.

Mental Capacity and Guardanship Bill.:-:-#160:::: Dept, of Justice Equality and Law Reform.

Naughton. C., Drennan. J., Treacy. M.P., Lafferty. A., Lyone.A., Phelan. A., Quin.S., O'Loughlin.A., Delaney.L., (2010)

Abuse and Neglect of Older People in Ireland. report on the National Study of Eler Abuse and Neglect.

Children First. National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011. Government Publicaitons

Parton. N., (2006) Safeguarding Childhood. Palgrave. Hampshire.

Research into Abuse of Persons with a Disability.:-:-#160::::A review of literature on Qualitative studies of sex abuse of perople with disability.Findings and Methodology:-National Disability Aythority.

Roscommon Child Care Case. Report of the Inquiry Team to the Health Service Executive 2010.

The Ryan report

Commission of Investiageion report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (2009). Dublin. Government publications.

Shannon. G. (2010) Fourth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection

Submission on Proposed Revised Law on Mental Capacity Act November 2011.NDA.

West of Ireland Farme Case (McColgan) 1995

Working for Children and Families. Exploring Good Practice (2009) Dept. of Health. Government publicaitons.

URL Resources

North/South Child Protection Hub - Library Datebase

Additional Information